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Mérieux NutriSciences expects to expand capabilities in new lab

Mérieux NutriSciences has moved one of its Canadian food testing labs to a new, 24,000 square foot facility.

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Roka Bioscience distribution agreement with FoodChek Systems

Roka Bioscience has entered into a five year distribution agreement with FoodChek Systems.

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3M E. coli O157 assay recognized as official testing method

3M’s Molecular Detection Assay 2 - E. coli O157 (including H7) has been granted First Action status by AOAC International.

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Institute of Food Research becomes Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Institute of Food Research (IFR) has become Quadram Institute Bioscience.

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Yarok technology wins UN award

Yarok Technology Transfer has won a UN innovation award for its pathogen detection technology.

Eurofins invests in HQ to ‘future-proof’ site

Eurofins Food and Water Testing UK and Ireland has invested in its Wolverhampton headquarters.

Romer Labs launches ELISA test to detect Aflatoxin M1

Romer Labs has launched an ELISA test kit for aflatoxin M1 detection to give customers confidence to monitor and manage levels in raw materials and finished products.

VWR deal will create more diversified company - Avantor

Avantor is to acquire VWR for $6.4bn to boost its position in the ‘high-growth’ life sciences sector.

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Covance: Increased interest in method harmonization

There has been an increased interest in harmonization of methods and quality systems across laboratories in recent years, according to a contract testing lab.

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Inspecto among winners at UNECE awards

A company that has developed a handheld scanner to detect pesticides in fresh foods has scooped a prize at a start-up competition.

Research round-up: Salmonella in pork, Listeria in lettuce and stopping aflatoxin

With more than a third of the year gone, we take our fourth look at food safety and quality research.

Government Chemist strategy defines short and long term drivers

The Government Chemist is to build capability in molecular biology (next generation sequencing), NMR and protein mass spectrometry in the next few years.

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Mérieux Foundation oversees construction of Laos food safety lab

The Mérieux Foundation has overseen construction of a food safety laboratory, in Vientiane, Lao PDR (Lao People’s Democratic Republic).

Knauer osmometer for quality control of aqueous samples

Knauer has launched an osmometer for quality control of aqueous samples.

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Seegene seeks wider adoption of real-time PCR

Seegene is developing second-generation real-time PCR technology which it has patented in the US and Europe.

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BioGX expands in Europe through subsidiary

BioGX has established European operations in Amsterdam, Netherlands as it targets growth in the region.

FQN digests 2016 and injects topics of 2017

Food labs looking to make better use of resources - Agilent

To understand the food safety and quality landscape we sent a Q+A to several companies to discuss highlights of 2016 and to predict what this year could bring.

CDC revises tracking of foodborne illness trends

Changes in use of tests that diagnose foodborne illness pose challenges to monitoring and disease prevention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Vicam test detects Ochratoxin A in coffee and wheat

Vicam has launched a lateral flow strip test for detection of ochratoxin A in green coffee and wheat.

Exova accepts £620m takeover bid from Element

Element Materials Technology is to acquire Exova Group for £620m (€741m).

Tackle mycotoxins early in value chain - Bühler

A European project and practical experience has shown cleaning and optical sorting can reduce mycotoxin levels, according to Bühler.

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Arc-Net and Clear Labs named in food and ag-tech accelerator

Arc-Net and Clear Labs have been named among 14 startups across the food and agriculture industry for an accelerator program.

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Intralytix phage-based Shigella tech backed by FDA

Intralytix Inc’s product targeting Shigella has received GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) recognition from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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CFIA and ANSES reinforce collaboration

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the French food regulator.

Dutch project scaling up multi-analyte methods

An institute of Wageningen University & Research is part of a project to improve multi-analyte diagnostic assays for rapid (on-site) detection of food safety issues.

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